Random Warrior thoughts

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  1. Rob

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    I just mean that everybody loves Klay... you never hear a bad thing about Klay.. so he can get away with it more than anybody else:

    KD says it, the fans will turn on him
    Draymond says it and the fans will just call him a blowhard
    Steph says it, and fans would probably point to his lack of focus and his poor decisions leading to turnovers.

    But Klay is immune because he's Klay.
     
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    Wow... what a surprise that game was last night. I honestly thought there was no way we win that game. A bigger surprise is how well Cousins played. I thought it was his best game as a Warrior in a matchup that is far from ideal for him. I still have great concerns about him being a complete liability in the playoffs vs the Rockets but I have a bit more hope now. I also liked all the player movement and passing we saw last night. Sometimes with Durant, the ball stops moving and we stand around. Was fun to watch the "old style" of Warriors basketball.

    That was a huge win with us barely holding on to the top spot in the West and Houston making a serious charge. Losing that game could have been VERY damaging.
     
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    I agree with that.. Cousins best game of the year by far. He was in control and dominated down low. Didn't get exposed on defense. Give credit to Curry as well, he dug in on defense, and went over and under plenty of screens so the Rockets couldn't just get a straight switch. Great game from Klay and Iguodala as well.
     
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    Warriors now have won 22 of last 23 games where Curry plays and Durant sits.
     
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    That's an interesting stat, and one that should make us feel good about the future, as long as the keep our core and have a good supporting cast.

    I liked Looney's game last night. He got beat a few times by Gordon and Harden off the dribble, but c'mon those are two the best guard's in the league off the dribble.
    Dude is just always in the right place, making a put back off a miss, getting rebounds, etc...

    Demarcus, showing us some flashy footwork under the net. He's so good on his pivot foot, ... oh you blocking me that way, boom, up and under the other way...

    Cons:
    Less than 3 mins on the clock..Fourth quarter... Warriors on top by 8? 14? who cares, we're up. Time to play possession basketball, use the clock and get your best shot, or get to the line to extend the lead... but what do the Warriors do? Hey, let's shoot a couple of early clock three pointers.. hit a grand slam and really put them away... CLANK and the lead shrinks... They get way too greedy and need to play smarter basketball... need to mind that clock!!
     
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    I actually thought the late game shot selection was improved over previous games. Maybe not right under the 3 min mark, but with a minute or so.. they did pass up some open looks to wind the clock down. definitely a welcome sight considering the gameplan was to attempt and miss daggers all year.
     
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    How is that possible? I realize that sometimes when KD is out there the team stands around waiting for him to run iso, but this team does not win the last 2 titles without KD, probably 1 but not both. With KD gone next season, the Warriors will no longer be the #1 favored team to win it all.
     
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    Yeah, Houston was mounting a comeback and scoring at will.
    By the 2:30 mark, you need to be thinking about keeping the ball out of their hands as much as possible.
    You're right, by about 1:30 or so they started to play possession basketball, but Houston had gotten within 4 by then.
     
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    Yes, they were terrible from about 5-2 minutes remaining. Great win though!
     
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    Final minutes of a game is where we really miss KD. We have become so accustomed in end of game situations to get the ball to KD and let him work as he can get his shot at will. We kind of seemed lost a bit without him in the final minutes.
     
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    Just because KD is mia doesn’t mean they should forget how basketball works.
    Use up the shot clock
    Then, get a high percentage shot, or get to the FT line. Or chuck a 3, but use up the clock. The more time the ball is out of their hands the better!
     
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    Exactly Money! This is very basic basketball 101, shit my coaches were teaching this in junior high.
     
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    Interesting to see how this team hums with KD out of the lineup. Not saying they are way better, just more cohesive.

    Bogut enters the picture on the Thursday I think.. more fun...
     
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    I think that angle is a bit overblown. When they are engaged on defense, it gives them more space to work on offense. I think with Cousins, it does allow our shooters to move with more purpose because he is a good passer out of the post. With KD, when he gets the ball down low, or even on the wing, you know he's going to shoot it. so you're at the mercy of him making or missing.
     
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    I think the offense flows better w/o KD. Just my opinion, doesn't mean I think we are better overall with him out. Just think our system runs more smoothly.
    When we are deep in the playoffs, and games grind down to a crawl, we need KD big time.
     
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    Good win last night. Was like one of those two years ago total control win type of games. Was nice to have one of those.

    Man, since the Suns game, this team has really turned up the defensive intensity. Maybe they ARE capable of just flipping a switch.
     
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    I definitely see the increased intensity and purpose. And Cousins is rounding into form. That was a pretty fun game to watch last night. Quinn Cook has shown some flashes lately, he's being more aggressive, and we need every little bit from the bench that we can get as the season winds down.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that, at this point, the Dubs have a playoff mode. Everything that happens during the regular season is just noise.

    Part of the reason I still think we've got a pretty good chance at keeping KD.
     
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    It would seem, they were on autopilot and now everyone is just ramping up the intensity. These guys are stoked to have Bogut back, and they are excited about potentially getting Boogie and others a ring. Love me some playoff Warriors...
     
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    Damn, the playoffs can't come soon enough... what an ugly defeat to the Mavs. Seems like the whole team took the game off, not just Steph...
     

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